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Lexicon :: Strong's H2040 - hāras

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Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
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TWOT Reference: 516

Strong’s Definitions

הָרַס hâraç, haw-ras'; a primitive root; to pull down or in pieces, break, destroy:—beat down, break (down, through), destroy, overthrow, pluck down, pull down, ruin, throw down, × utterly.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 43x

The KJV translates Strong's H2040 in the following manner: throw down (13x), break down (9x), overthrow (5x), destroy (4x), pull down (3x), break through (2x), ruined (2x), beat down (1x), pluck down (1x), break (1x), destroyers (1x), utterly (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 43x
The KJV translates Strong's H2040 in the following manner: throw down (13x), break down (9x), overthrow (5x), destroy (4x), pull down (3x), break through (2x), ruined (2x), beat down (1x), pluck down (1x), break (1x), destroyers (1x), utterly (1x).
  1. to tear down, break down, overthrow, beat down, break, break through, destroy, pluck down, pull down, throw down, ruined, destroyer, utterly

    1. (Qal)

      1. to throw down, tear down

      2. to break through

      3. to break down, break away

    2. (Niphal) to be torn down, be thrown down

    3. (Piel)

      1. to overthrow, tear down

      2. destroyer (participle)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
הָרַס hâraç, haw-ras'; a primitive root; to pull down or in pieces, break, destroy:—beat down, break (down, through), destroy, overthrow, pluck down, pull down, ruin, throw down, × utterly.
STRONGS H2040: Abbreviations
הָרַס verb throw down, break or tear down (MI הרם; ? Arabic هَرَسَ, bruise, bray, pound, crush (grain))
Qal Perfect הָ׳ Lamentations 2:2, 17; הָרָ֑ס Isaiah 14:17; וְהָרַסְתָּ֫ Judges 6:25 וְהָרַסְתִּ֫י Ezekiel 13:14; Micah 5:10; וְהָֽרְסוּ Ezekiel 16:39; Ezekiel 26:4, 12 הָרָ֑סוּ 1 Kings 19:10, 14; Imperfect יַהֲרוֺס Job 12:14; suffix יֶהֶרְסֶ֑ךָ Isaiah 22:19; וַיֶּהֶרְסֶ֑הָ 1 Chronicles 20:1; יֶהֶרְסֶנָּה Proverbs 29:4 יֶהֶרְסֵם Psalm 28:5; 3rd person feminine singular suffix 3rd person masculine singular תֶּהֶרְסֶנּוּ Proverbs 14:1; 2nd person masculine singular תַּהֲרֹס Exodus 15:7; אֶהֱרֹס Jeremiah 24:6; Jeremiah 42:10 אֶהֱרוֺס Malachi 1:4; 3rd person masculine plural יֶהֶרְסוּ Exodus 19:21, 24; יַהֲרֹ֑סוּ 2 Kings 3:25; Imperative הֲרָסֿ Psalm 58:7; suffix הָרְסָהּ 2 Samuel 11:25; Infinitive הֲרֹס Jeremiah 31:28 הֲרוֺס Jeremiah 1:10; Participle active הֹרֵס Jeremiah 45:4; passive הָרוּס 1 Kings 18:30; —
1. throw down, tear down, with accusative: altar(s) Judges 6:25; 1 Kings 18:30; 1 Kings 19:10, 14; height (גַּב, where idol-altar stood ? compare גֶּב below גבב) Ezekiel 16:39; city (cities) Isaiah 14:17; 2 Samuel 11:25; 2 Kings 3:25; 1 Chronicles 20:1 (compare MI27) Malachi 1:4 (object not expressed); wall(s) Ezekiel 13:14; Ezekiel 26:12; house Proverbs 14:1 (figurative of foolish woman's action); strongholds (מִבְצָרִים) Lamentations 2:2; Micah 5:10; tower(s) Ezekiel 26:4; figurative overthrow (i.e. ruin) land Proverbs 29:4 (opposed to יַעֲמִיד); object men Exodus 15:7 (poem in E) Isaiah 22:19 (cast down Shebna from office); figurative, opposed to building up, of Yahweh's dealings with men Psalm 28:5, compare (without object) Jeremiah 24:6; Jeremiah 42:10; object indefinite אשׁר בָּנִיתִי אֲנִי הֹרֵס Jeremiah 45:4; absolute Jeremiah 1:10; Jeremiah 31:28; Lamentations 2:17; Job 12:14.
2. break down, break away שִׁנֵּימוֺ בְּפִימוֺ ה׳ Psalm 58:7 break away their teeth in their mouth! figurative, addressed to God.
3. break through, intransitive, followed by אֶליֿ׳ Exodus 19:21; followed by לַעֲלֹת אֶליֿ׳, Exodus 19:24 (both J).
Niph. Perfect 3rd person feminine singular נֶהֱרָ֑סָה Proverbs 24:31; 3rd person plural נֶהֶרְסוּ Jeremiah 50:15; Joel 1:17; וְנֶהֶרְסוּ consecutive Ezekiel 30:4; Ezekiel 38:20; Imperfect יֵהָרֵס Jeremiah 31:40; 3rd person feminine singular תֵּהָרֵס Proverbs 11:11; יֵהָרֵס֑וּן Psalm 11:3; Participle הַנֶּהֱרָסוֺת Ezekiel 36:35, 36; — be thrown or torn down; wall(s) of vineyard Proverbs 24:31, of city Jeremiah 50:15; cities Ezekiel 36:35 compare Ezekiel 36:36; figurative ruined Proverbs 11:11 (opposed to תָּרוּם); foundations, יְסוֺדֹת Ezekiel 30:4; שָׁתוֺת Psalm 11:3; mountains Ezekiel 38:20; storehouses מַמְּגֻרוֺת Joel 1:17 [see מ׳]; valley east of Jerusalem לֹאיִֿנָּתֵשׁ וְלֹאיֵֿהָרֵס Jeremiah 31:40 it shall not be plucked up nor thrown down, apparently proverb. expression, implying destruction, removal.
Pi. Imperfect 2nd person masculine singular suffix תְּהָֽרְסֵם Exodus 23:24; Infinitive absolute הָרֵס Exodus 23:24; Participle plural suffix מְהָֽרְסַיִךְ Isaiah 49:17; — overthrow, tear down הָרֵס תְּהָֽרְסֵם Exodus 23:24 thou shalt utterly tear them down (J E; object = idols compare Di); participle destroyers, of Zion Isaiah 49:17 (|| מַחֲרִיבַיִךְ).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


15:7; 15:7; 19:21; 19:21; 19:24; 19:24; 23:24; 23:24; 23:24


6:25; 6:25

2 Samuel

11:25; 11:25

1 Kings

18:30; 18:30; 19:10; 19:10; 19:14; 19:14

2 Kings

3:25; 3:25

1 Chronicles

20:1; 20:1


12:14; 12:14


11:3; 11:3; 28:5; 28:5; 58:7; 58:7


11:11; 11:11; 14:1; 14:1; 24:31; 24:31; 29:4; 29:4


14:17; 14:17; 22:19; 22:19; 49:17; 49:17


1:10; 1:10; 24:6; 24:6; 31:28; 31:28; 31:40; 31:40; 42:10; 42:10; 45:4; 45:4; 50:15; 50:15


2:2; 2:2; 2:17; 2:17


13:14; 13:14; 16:39; 16:39; 26:4; 26:4; 26:12; 26:12; 30:4; 30:4; 36:35; 36:35; 36:36; 36:36; 38:20; 38:20


1:17; 1:17


5:10; 5:10


1:4; 1:4

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2040 matches the Hebrew הָרַס (hāras),
which occurs 43 times in 42 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:7 - “And in the greatness of Your [fn]excellence You overthrow H2040 those who rise up against You;
You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 19:21 - Then the LORD spoke to Moses, “Go down, [fn]warn the people, so that they do not break H2040 through H2040 to the LORD to gaze, and many of them [fn]perish.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 19:24 - Then the LORD said to him, “[fn]Go down and come up again, you and Aaron with you; but do not let the priests and the people break H2040 through H2040 to come up to the LORD, or He will break forth upon them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:24 - “You shall not worship their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their deeds; but you shall utterly H2040 overthrow H2040 them and break their sacred pillars in pieces.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:25 - Now on the same night the LORD said to him, “Take your father’s bull [fn]and a second bull seven years old, and pull H2040 down H2040 the altar of Baal which belongs to your father, and cut down the [fn]Asherah that is beside it;
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 11:25 - Then David said to the messenger, “Thus you shall say to Joab, ‘Do not let this thing [fn]displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another; make your battle against the city stronger and overthrow H2040 it’; and so encourage him.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 18:30 - Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD which had been torn H2040 down. H2040
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 19:10 - He said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn H2040 down H2040 Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 19:14 - Then he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn H2040 down H2040 Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 3:25 - Thus they destroyed H2040 the cities; and each one threw a stone on every piece of good land and filled it. So they stopped all the springs of water and felled all the good trees, until in Kir-hareseth only they left its stones; however, the slingers went about it and struck it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 20:1 - Then it happened [fn]in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that Joab led out the army and ravaged the land of the sons of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. And Joab struck Rabbah and overthrew H2040 it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:14 - “Behold, He tears H2040 down, H2040 and it cannot be rebuilt;
He [fn]imprisons a man, and [fn]there can be no release.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 11:3 - If the foundations are destroyed, H2040
What can the righteous do?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 28:5 - Because they do not regard the works of the LORD
Nor the deeds of His hands,
He will tear H2040 them down H2040 and not build them up.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:6 - O God, shatter H2040 their teeth in their mouth;
Break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:11 - By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn H2040 down. H2040
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:1 - The wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish tears H2040 it down H2040 with her own hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:31 - And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles;
Its surface was covered with [fn]nettles,
And its stone wall was broken H2040 down. H2040
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:4 - The king gives stability to the land by justice,
But a man who takes bribes overthrows H2040 it.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 14:17 - Who made the world like a wilderness
And overthrew H2040 its cities,
Who did not [fn]allow his prisoners to go home?’
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:19 - “I will depose you from your office,
And [fn]I will pull H2040 you down H2040 from your station.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:17 - “Your [fn]builders hurry;
Your destroyers H2040 and devastators
Will depart from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 1:10 - “See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To pluck up and to break down,
To destroy and to overthrow, H2040
To build and to plant.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 24:6 - ‘For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them again to this land; and I will build them up and not overthrow H2040 them, and I will plant them and not pluck them up.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:28 - “As I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to overthrow, H2040 to destroy and to bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:40 - “And the whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be holy to the LORD; it will not be plucked up or overthrown H2040 anymore forever.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 42:10 - ‘If you will indeed stay in this land, then I will build you up and not tear H2040 you down, H2040 and I will plant you and not uproot you; for I [fn]will relent concerning the calamity that I have inflicted on you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 45:4 - “Thus you are to say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Behold, what I have built I am about to tear H2040 down, H2040 and what I have planted I am about to uproot, that is, the whole land.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:15 - “Raise your battle cry against her on every side!
She has given [fn]herself up, her pillars have fallen,
Her walls have been torn H2040 down. H2040
For this is the vengeance of the LORD:
Take vengeance on her;
As she has done to others, so do to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:2 - The Lord has swallowed up; He has not spared
All the habitations of Jacob.
In His wrath He has thrown H2040 down H2040
The strongholds of the daughter of Judah;
He has brought them down to the ground;
He has profaned the kingdom and its princes.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:17 - The LORD has done what He purposed;
He has accomplished His word
Which He commanded from days of old.
He has thrown H2040 down H2040 without sparing,
And He has caused the enemy to rejoice over you;
He has exalted the [fn]might of your adversaries.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 13:14 - “So I will tear H2040 down H2040 the wall which you plastered over with whitewash and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation is laid bare; and when it falls, you will be consumed in its midst. And you will know that I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:39 - “I will also give you into [fn]the hands of your lovers, and they will tear H2040 down H2040 your shrines, demolish your high places, strip you of your clothing, take away your [fn]jewels, and will leave you naked and bare.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 26:4 - ‘They will destroy the walls of Tyre and break H2040 down H2040 her towers; and I will scrape her debris from her and make her a bare rock.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 26:12 - “Also they will make a spoil of your riches and a prey of your merchandise, break H2040 down H2040 your walls and destroy your pleasant houses, and [fn]throw your stones and your timbers and your debris into the water.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:4 - “A sword will come upon Egypt,
And anguish will be in [fn]Ethiopia;
When the slain fall in Egypt,
They take away her [fn]wealth,
And her foundations are torn H2040 down. H2040
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 36:35 - “They will say, ‘This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste, desolate and ruined H2040 cities are fortified and inhabited.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 36:36 - “Then the nations that are left round about you will know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined H2040 places and planted that which was desolate; I, the LORD, have spoken and will do it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 38:20 - “The fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all the creeping things that creep on the earth, and all the men who are on the face of the earth will shake at My presence; the mountains also will be thrown H2040 down, H2040 the steep pathways will [fn]collapse and every wall will fall to the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 1:17 - The [fn]seeds shrivel under their [fn]clods;
The storehouses are desolate,
The barns are torn H2040 down, H2040
For the grain is dried up.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:11 - “I will also cut off the cities of your land
And tear H2040 down H2040 all your fortifications.
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 1:4 - Though Edom says, “We have been beaten down, but we will [fn]return and build up the ruins”; thus says the LORD of hosts, “They may build, but I will tear H2040 down; H2040 and men will call them the [fn]wicked territory, and the people [fn]toward whom the LORD is indignant forever.”
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